Don Rush

Assoc. Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Use of force reports and personnel evaluations suggest that Dover police knew that a white officer charged with assaulting a black suspect in 2013 by kicking him in the head had a predilection for using unwarranted physical force.

The attorney for Cpl. Thomas Webster IV says prosecutors should not be allowed to use the internal police records at Webster's trial next week.

Police dashcam video shows Webster kicking Lateef Dickerson while Dickerson was on his hands and knees, breaking his jaw.

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The proposed Wilmington stock exchange could be getting some startup money from the Wilmington Urban Development Action Grant Corporation.

There is a proposal for $2 million for the Delaware Board of Trade Holdings Inc. which would handle in small and medium sized businesses.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the money would come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that goes towards increasing economic activity in the downtown area.

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The Sankofa Cultural Arts Center has opened in Dover providing space for the City Cultural League.

The new building will include room for activities ranging from music and dance to the arts.

Ruben Salters who founded the league told WBOC that he had been working hard over the years to make the structure come to fruition.

A year and a half ago ground was broken.

It cost nearly a million dollars which mainly was provided through donations and fundraisers.  

The facility official opened its doors this past weekend.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia church known as the "Cathedral of the Confederacy" is shedding images reflecting its ties to the Confederacy.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond is removing plaques with versions of the Confederate flag and the church's coat of arms, among other remnants of the Confederacy.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that church leaders say they also hope to erect a memorial to honor slaves in Richmond, including those who were members of St. Paul's.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Uber drivers will no longer be able to pick up passengers at the Norfolk International Airport.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the Norfolk Airport Authority has told Uber not to send its drivers to the airport until it pays for an operating permit.

Uber representatives said Monday their drivers will now only be able to drop off people at the airport. The ride-sharing company added that airport officials are imposing high fees that would make the cost of using the services expensive for riders.

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - An inmate faces a first-degree murder charge in the slaying of his cellmate at a state prison in western Maryland.

The Allegany County State's Attorney's office said in a statement Monday that a grand jury indicted 26-year-old Venell Harris in the death of 30-year-old Darrell Murray at the maximum-security Western Correctional Institution near Cumberland.

Police say Murray was found unresponsive on his bunk with a bedsheet around his neck on July 29. An autopsy concluded he died from multiple injuries.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State regulators have ordered Dominion Virginia Power to refund $19.7 million to customers.

The State Corporation Commission ruled Monday that Dominion customers paid too much in 2013 and 2014. The commission reached that conclusion during its regular biennial review of Dominion's earnings.

Dominion said in a statement that it disagrees with the SCC's finding but will credit customer bills as ordered.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - AAA Mid-Atlantic says Virginia motorists will pay the lowest Thanksgiving week gasoline prices since 2008.
The auto club says the average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Virginia on Sunday was $1.92. That's down seven cents from last week and significantly below the $2.66 that state drivers were paying a year ago.
The Richmond and Norfolk areas are tied for the lowest average price at $1.88, while the Charlottesville area is the highest at $1.95.

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Collection sites in Newport News, Hampton and Williamsburg are taking in empty oyster shells to help rebuild oyster habitat in the Chesapeake Bay.
The oyster shell collection bins are for use by restaurateurs and residents alike.
The bay's oyster population has declined for decades because of pollution and disease, among other reasons. To bring back a signature bay catch, public and private efforts have accelerated in recent years to recreate the reefs oysters need to thrive.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - In his first national television interview Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan discussed cancer, treatment and recovery on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace.

The interview, which was taped a week before it aired, focused on Hogan's illness. He was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in June, five months after he was sworn in as governor. Hogan said when he received his diagnosis he worried how to tell his family; three days later he announced it to the public.

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The body of Jacob Marberger was found by Pennsylvania police after the Washington College student went missing.

WBOC reports that his death has been ruled a suicide.

His family became concerned after he came home from school and left with a gun.

With his disappearance Washington College closed its campus through the Thanksgiving holiday as a precaution.

Police said that Marberger’s death appeared to be from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Washington College issued a statement on their Facebook said his death was a “terrible blow to our community.”

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The town of Berlin is kicking off the holiday season with its Holiday Arts Night this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

It will feature artists around the town and at local businesses.

In addition, The Salisbury Daily Times reports there will be live jazz music at the Visitors Center as well as a Santa and Mrs. Claus to greet the children.

Later in December there will be three Saturday afternoons with Christmas characters and free carriage rides, the paper reports, with a story time from Mrs. Claus.

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Police found the body of a woman along the Pocomoke River on Saturday morning.

Authorities say police and other emergency personnel arrived on the scene at round 10:30 a.m.

It was at the end of Winter Quarters Drive off northbound Route 13 near the city golf course.

She has been identified as a 66-year old woman from Pocomoke City.

WBOC reports that her car was discovered later at Cypress Park.

The authorities say she had a history of mental illness and that there were no apparent signs of foul play.

There was an emergency landing at the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico County Airport yesterday afternoon.

It occurred just before 3:30 p.m. when a private plane called in for an emergency landing.

WBOC reports that police say the pilot said that his aircraft was having problems with its brakes.

Fire crews were on hand as the plane landed safety.

There were no reports of injuries.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining Delaware education officials to announce the state's second round of Pathways to Prosperity grants.

Monday's announcement involves grants to high schools to offer students the opportunity to gain workplace experience and earn college credit in high-demand fields.

Those fields include finance, health care and information technology.

Markell proposed the initiative in his State of the State address earlier this year as a way to help prepare Delaware's future workforce.

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SWANTON, Md. (AP) - State wildlife managers are bringing lethal force to bear on pesky Canada geese at Deep Creek Lake.

The first goose hunting season in the western Maryland resort area opens Monday. It runs through Wednesday.

The Department of Natural Resources says in a statement that it developed the hunt to address residents' concerns about abundant goose droppings.

The hunt is by reservation only at three locations.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates says he'll ask the General Assembly in January to create a commission to study the state's retirement system.

Speaker William J. Howell says he wants a fresh look at the Virginia Retirement System, already the focus of reforms twice in the past five years. Howell told the Richmond Times-Dispatch those previous adjustments were "good first steps."

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With the terrorist attack on Paris there has been  backlash over Syrian refugees coming to this country with a majority of governors say they oppose them coming to their states.  Delmarva Public Radio's George Merrill ponders this sentiment in light of the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty.


Meanwhile, Governor Larry Hogan has said he opposes the refugees coming to Maryland, while Governor Jack Markell has said they would be welcomed in Delaware. 

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia mayor who's facing backlash for invoking the mass detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II in order to keep Syrian refugees out of the region says he didn't intend to offend anyone.

In a new statement Thursday, Roanoke Mayor David Bowers says his comments were "intended to be respectful, measured and moderate in tone and substance." According to the Roanoke Times, he says he was trying to express concerns about the safety of Americans.


FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A man who was shocked with a stun gun by a Fredericksburg police officer two years ago is seeking $5 million in a federal lawsuit against the department.

The Free Lance-Star reports that the Lantz Day says in the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court that the incident caused him "mental and physical anguish."

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Transportation is lifting highway lane closures during the Thanksgiving holiday period.

VDOT will end the closures on most interstates and other roads starting from noon next Wednesday through noon Nov. 30. The idea is to keep the highways congestion free during the busy holiday travel period.

VDOT also advises that based on past traffic data, the heaviest periods of congestion on most roads occur after noon the day before Thanksgiving and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 29.

BALTIMORE (AP) - A man who says a Baltimore police officer beat him with a baton and arrested him for no reason during the civil unrest in April following the death of Freddie Gray has sued the department.

Branden Owens, who filed the suit Wednesday, says he was walking with his fiancee and her son to buy groceries near Mondawmin Mall on April 27 when he was surrounded by police. Owens says one officer struck him in the chest with a baton and when he asked for the officer's badge number he replied, "It's 666. I'm the devil." Owens was arrested and later released without charges.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Diversity advocacy groups have asked the state of Virginia to make it easier for a transgender person born in the state to get one's gender changed on birth certificates.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the state requires a person to submit proof of a sex reassignment surgery and get a court order that specifies the gender and name in order to amend a birth certificate.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Farm Bureau says the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner is down this year compared to 2014.

The bureau said Thursday a traditional meal for 10 adults with turkey and all the trimmings should cost $44.52, compared to $42.59 last year.

The price also includes dressing, sweet potatoes, rolls, peas, cranberries, a tray of carrots and celery, milk, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

Prices vary depending on the location.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A commission appointed by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has decided not to recommend re-establishing parole to the state's criminal justice system any time soon.

According to the Daily Press of Newport News, the group decided Wednesday that there are shortcomings in the sweeping reforms that largely abolished parole there 20 years ago, but more study is needed before such a major step is feasible. The group also noted a significant lack of legislative support for the move.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is asking a judge to throw out a $3 million civil lawsuit against it over the arrest of a University of Virginia student that sparked outrage when video of it surfaced.

The Daily Progress reports the defendants filed the motion Monday, asking the court to throw out the lawsuit filed by Martese Johnson, a University of Virginia student who was arrested on St. Patrick's Day.

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New Castle County officials are looking at using $3 million that are supposed to go toward parks to help with the start-up costs of a private stock exchange.

The money would come from the Garstin Trust Fund and would be put into the Delaware Board of Trade Holdings to establish the Wilmington exchange for small and medium sized stocks.

The County Council is expected to consider the proposal at its meeting next week.

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Administration officials in Maryland say their top priority is to cut government.

That’s the word from a meeting put on by the Maryland Economic Development Association.     

A press release by the Association says that the aim of the two day conference is to emphasize the importance of investing in economic development in Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill said he had a meeting with Governor Larry Hogan last week in which the governor emphasized tourism and the rural areas of the state.

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The South Bethany Beach town council has approved moving ahead with exploring an appeal of the new flood maps drawn up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The environmental engineering firm Woods Hole Group was authorized to come up with a strategy at a workshop in late October.

During yesterday’s meeting the company said that the best approach would be to emphasize the protection afforded to home by the dunes on the beach.

The firm said that was not factored into the assessment by FEMA.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials are extending the public comment period for proposed amendments to regulations governing the protection and use of Delaware's beaches.

The public comment period was to have ended Sunday but has been extended through Dec. 7.

Officials with the Division of Watershed Stewardship's Shoreline & Waterway Management Section say the decision to extend the comment period was made in response to requests from the public.

Officials say comments may be emailed or submitted through regular mail to hearing officer Lisa Vest.